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The Public McKay window for first semester of the 2021-2022 school year is CLOSED

Transfer requests for the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year opened September 2, 2021 and WILL CLOSE December 3, 2021

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DEADLINE FOR REQUESTING PUBLIC MCKAY
FOR FIRST SEMESTER OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR WAS JULY 5, 2021

PUBLIC MCKAY FOR SECOND SEMESTER OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR OPENED SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 AND WILL CLOSE DECEMBER 3, 2021

***OCPS DOES NOT PROVIDE A LIST OF PUBLIC MCKAY SCHOOLS***

Any intents filed February 2, 2020 - February 1, 2021 were for the 2020-2021 school year only. They expired April 30, 2021 if not used to enroll in a private school. There are no more public McKay options for the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year.

The OCPS transfer policy outlines the guidelines for public McKay Scholarship options. The document can be found here. OCPS determines which specific public schools will be designated as McKay eligible public schools in December. Students who qualify for a public McKay Scholarship for the second semester are offered a school mid- to end of December. The offer will be sent via email to you by the last week of DECEMBER 2021.

Transportation is only provided for public McKay Scholarship students who are enrolled in the transportation offered OCPS public McKay school.

Public McKay only offers a different public school option for the student. There is no additional funding nor are additional services provided to the public school for a student who is there on a public McKay transfer option.

There are no sibling transfers with the public or private McKay Scholarship program.

Prior to the approval of a public McKay Scholarship, the student's data will be reviewed.

Parents choosing the public school option of the McKay Scholarships Program are responsible for acknowledging and following the details below regarding public school McKay Scholarships. *Please note that in order to request the McKay public school option for the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year, intent must be filed after February 1, 2021 and before December 3, 2021. See the chart below indicating deadlines for intents, requests, and enrollment for each semester:

Grading Period Intent Deadline Request Deadline Enrollment Deadline
First Semester 7/3/2021 7/5/2021 8/13/2021
Second Semester 12/3/2021 12/3/2021 1/7/2022

***YOU MUST BE IN GOOGLE CHROME TO USE THIS FORM***

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  • Parents must complete the Public McKay Request form to request a public school option.

  • OCPS does not provide a list of public McKay schools because the schools may change.

  • Parent requests for specific schools will be considered, however school offers will be based on ESE program availability, transportation routes, student residence, school grade, etc.

  • ESE students who require intensive and/or specially designed services may not be approved for a public McKay transfer due to the need for a specific setting as determined by the IEP Team or 504 Team

  • Letters indicating final approval of a public McKay Scholarship will be mailed to families prior to the enrollment deadline above (remember the address on the School Choice website when you file for McKay should match the OCPS Skyward address on file at the current school)

  • After receiving the letter, parents may choose to have their child remain at their current school, enroll in the offered public McKay school or elect the private McKay option

  • Parents who accept the offered public McKay school must withdraw their child from their current school and take the following documents to the offered McKay school for enrollment ASAP (must enroll by the deadline on the chart):

  • Parents who do not accept the offered public school may email the district McKay office at [email protected] and request a review to determine if there may be a second option

  • Please note that transfers will be reviewed each year. All approved transfers are valid for the duration of all grade levels at the assigned school (K – 5, 6 – 8, 9 – 12).

***Public McKay Scholarship students who in grade 5 and 8 must have a new intent and new public request submitted for transition to the middle school or high school if parent wants a public McKay Scholarship for those grade levels***

***Public McKay Scholarship students who are dismissed from ESE or 504 must withdraw from the McKay public school then must return to the zoned public school as they are no longer eligible for the McKay Scholarship***

***Parents must reapply for the McKay Scholarship for any Public McKay Scholarship students who want to go to a private school***

A private McKay student can return to a public school on a McKay Scholarship public option, however the parent must notify the district in writing a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to re-enrolling in a public school. Refer to the deadline chart above to make sure the request is within the request deadlines for the grading period. Complete the Public McKay Request Form by clicking the orange button above. A student who exercises this choice will need to reestablish eligibility by being in an October and February student survey of the same school year before being eligible again for the private school option of the McKay Scholarship.

Further guidelines regarding the John McKay Scholarship program responsibilities can be found by accessing the FLDOE Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice website.

Florida's McKay Parent Hotline: 1-800-447-1636

For more information, email the OCPS District McKay Office at [email protected].

McKay Letters for the 2021-22 School Year

McKay letter 2021-22 (English)

McKay letter 2021-22 (Spanish)

McKay letter 2021-22 (Haitian Creole)

Contact Info

Beverly Knestrick
Director, ESE Supplemental Services 

District McKay Staff
Sabrina Britt
Beth Hoover

Email:
[email protected]